07/12/2015 2:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Chennai Rains: Govt To Replace Lost, Damaged Passports For Free

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Indian residents carry children as they walk through floodwaters in Chennai on December 3, 2015. Thousands of rescuers raced to evacuate residents from deadly flooding, as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the southern state of Tamil Nadu to survey the devastation. More than 40,000 people have been rescued in recent days after record rains lashed the coastal state, worsening weeks of flooding that has killed 269 people AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The government on Monday announced that those who have lost their passports or got them damaged due to the floods in Chennai can have them replaced free of charge.

"If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three Passport Seva Kendra's in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

This news comes as a major relief for the Chennaites, who are facing a massive loss of property among other valuables due to the deluge and resulting floods.

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Meanwhile, the Chennai Airport has become fully operational from this morning, as airliners are resuming their domestic and international flights from there.

The Civil Aviation authorities said the airport that was shut down last Wednesday due to heavy inundation is now ready for operation day and night.

"We are happy to announce that it has been decided to resume the round the clock services, all weather operations from 6 a.m. 7 December. In other words, from 7th December, 2015, normal operations of Chennai Airport i.e. both domestic and international flight operations will start operating," said a statement released by Chennai Airport Director Deepak Shastri.

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